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New trucks for Charlie Lake firefighters

The Peace River Regional District says the Charlie Lake Fire Department has recently taken delivery of two much-needed replacement vehicles. Engine 1 arrived last week while Tender 2 came in August, the PRRD said Wednesday.
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Left to right: Deputy Fire Chief Ron Schildroth, Fire Chief Ed Albury, and Electoral Area C Director Brad Sperling, and Chair of the Peace River Regional District board.

The Peace River Regional District says the Charlie Lake Fire Department has recently taken delivery of two much-needed replacement vehicles.

Engine 1 arrived last week while Tender 2 came in August, the PRRD said Wednesday. Both are replacements for vehicles that were decades old and needed to be retired.

"The new trucks will allow the PRRD to continue to meet its commitments to its mutual aid partners, which are the Municipal Districts of Taylor, Hudson’s Hope and the City of Fort St. John," the regional district said in a statement.

The combined cost of the new trucks was $1.05 million.

Here are some details on the two new trucks:

Engine 1:

  • Is used for fires of all kinds, including structures, vehicles, and interface fires between the community and forest.

  • Water capacity is 950 gallons, and has larger pumping capacity than the 23-year-old Engine 1 it replaced.

  • Seats six firefighters (the old Engine 1 sat five).

  • Improved turning ability in tight corners and possible future subdivisions.

  • Cost just over $690,000.

Tender 2:

  • Also used for fires of all kinds.

  • Water capacity is 1,500 gallons, also larger pumping capacity than the 33-year-old Tender it replaced.

  • Carries a drop tank so the apparatus can dump water and go, allowing a faster return to scene.

  • New apparatus allows faster turnaround between calls.

  • Cost just under $360,000.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.